FAA Offers General Aviation ADS-B Rebate

Starting this Fall, the FAA is offering a monetary incentive to help owners of less-expensive general aviation aircraft equip with the required avionics that comply with the ADS-B Out rule that will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The agency will offer a $500 rebate to eligible aircraft owners.

Are you eligible for a rebate?FAA-ADSB-Rebate-Qualify

Eligible aircraft: Defined as U.S.-registered, fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft, first registered before Jan 1, 2016.

Eligible equipment: Avionics that are certified to FAA Technical Standard Orders and meet the program rules (software upgrades of existing equipment are not eligible). Rebates are not available for aircraft already equipped with rule compliant ADS-B or for aircraft the FAA has previously paid or committed to pay for upgrade(s) to meet the ADS-B mandate.

Read the full program rules.

Start the Rebate process now by doing the following:

  • Validate: Review and validate the aircraft owner information and aircraft-specific information contained within the Civil Aircraft Registry. The FAA will determine rebate program eligibility using the information in the Civil Aircraft Registry, and all rebates will be mailed to the aircraft owner as recorded in the registry. Visit the FAA Registry.
  • Research: Go to the Equip ADS-B website to research eligible equipment. This website includes additional information about ADS-B mandate airspace.
  • Plan: Locate a certified installation location (Southeast Aerospace is your installation expert!), if required, and determine the specific aircraft requirements to ensure the installation is performed in accordance with applicable FAA regulations and meets the requirements identified in the General Aviation ADS-B Rebate Program Rules. While you may purchase the equipment now, your installation must occur after the program website is opened to rebate reservations to qualify for the rebate. The anticipated timeframe is estimated as Fall 2016.

Preview the ADS-B Rebate Process with our infographic.

Have questions? Get answers from our ADS-B Rebate Frequently Asked Questions.

[article written & published by FAA.gov, source: http://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/rebate/]

ADS-B 2020 Deadline in Question

Fgallery2-1The FAA has been considering an extension on the 2020 deadline for ADS-B Out on commercial aircraft due to a petition by Airlines for America (A4A). The exemption is being requested due to the fact that old airlines are equipped with early generation GPS receivers that may experience brief outages of the required performance for ADS-B Out, and the necessary gear with WAAS capability will not be available in time for 2020. They are proposing a 5 year grace period where the ADS-B transponders are hooked up to the old GPSs with a promise to have the approved source avionics installed by 2025.

The FAA did confirm their consideration of the petition, but has not yet reached a decision on the fate of commercial airline ADS-B Out requirements. They have stated that general aviation aircraft will not receive an extension no matter the outcome of the airliners’ request. The difference between the two industries is that there are already plenty of options available for GA owners to comply, even with more than 250,000 GA aircraft vs ~6,000 airliners requiring new equipment.

An excerpt of the FAA’s statement to AvWeb when asked about this petition is as follows:  “The FAA has completed the deployment of ADS-B ground radios and has called on aviation users to equip their aircraft in advance of Jan 1, 2020 mandate. The air carrier community identified a concern with the availability and schedule for upgraded GPS receivers, which are one component of the ADS-B Out system… The FAA is reviewing A4A’s petition and will consider all public comments before determining whether to grant or deny the petition.” You can read the full details of the FAA’s response Here.

ADS-B Field Approvals and Equipment Compatibility

Fgallery2-1Some questions in reference to certifying ADS-B Out in an aircraft via field approval seem to arise every now and then.  While most equipment OEMs attempt to obtain Approved Model Lists (AML) for their STCs, some aircraft operators and maintenance providers may attempt to seek ADS-B approval by installing GPS receivers with transponders that have not been previously approved by the FAA. 

While this sort of alternate ADS-B approval method may be possible, it certainly would not be the ideal method.  That is, the FAA is very clear in that for an ADS-B Out installation to be approved the pairing of the GPS and transponder must be “previously-approved” under type certificate (TC) or supplemental type certificate (STC).  Click Here to reference subject matter “Installation Approval for ADS-B Out Systems” on FAA Memo dated Oct 10, 2012 . Despite this certification and approval detail, all GPS and transponder manufacturers are still not completely on the same page in relation to one OEMs equipment playing properly with another OEMs equipment.  Some improvements in relation to OEM compatibility continue to be made as the deadline approaches, however it is still not a 100% known whether all GPS and transponder OEMs will work together in relation to ADS-B Out interfaces.  tech-pub

In addition, most GPS manufacturers frequently make software changes in their units which might affect the ADS-B functionality to the transponder.  As of the date of this article, OEMs are not obligated to share proprietary information that would enable or otherwise affect the ADS-B Out interface between varieties of equipment.  For reference, click Here for a document that provides a list of “FAA-Approved” ADS-B Out Avionics as of April 3, 2014.  While this list will obviously continue to be updated and expanded, it is important to reference since it lists what transponders have been approved to be used with “approved position source(s)”. 

FAA-LOGOAs indicated above, the FAA will not approve any ADS-B Out field approval if the transponder and associated position source are not on this list.  Likewise, installers and integrators should be cautious when attempting to interface GPS and transponders that are from separate manufacturers unless both manufacturers have approved the interface.  Southeast Aerospace will continue to provide the most up-to-date, realistic information regarding the ADS-B Out mandate and how it affects all parts of the aviation industry.   Please be on the look out for future SEA white papers, commentaries, and other reference material as the 2020 mandate approaches.